Career Education

This is a Career Education Program. Applications for Fall 2021 will open:
 January 5th, 2021 @ 12pm and close on March 25th, 2021 @ 12pm.


Applicants must complete the following:

  1. Apply online to San Diego Mesa College.  You will need your CSID# to complete the HEIT application.
  2. Complete the application packet for the Health Information Technology Program .  You will need all of these documents to complete the online application.
  3. Submit an online application for Health Information Technology Program through the Allied Health Department.
  4. Request official transcripts be sent directly to the Special Admissions Office of San Diego Mesa College. 
    San Diego Mesa College
    Special Admissions, I4-102
    7250 Mesa College Drive
    San Diego, CA 92111

    Note: If you have attended City, Mesa, or Miramar Colleges, you do not have to submit an official transcript. Your transcript will be obtained directly from the records office on your behalf.



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The Associate of Science Degree in Health Information Technology is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, behavioral health facilities, government health agencies, long term care facilities, and various health information industry vendors.


The Health Information Technology Associate of Science degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). Graduates of the program are eligible to write the national accreditation examination of the American Health Information Management Association, and upon passing this exam become designated as an RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician).

A grade of “C” or better must be maintained in all courses to continue in this restricted program. Course repetition in this program is not permitted unless student is granted readmission. This program is governed by the Allied Health Department Policies and Procedures.

Interested persons should call the Special Programs Admissions Clerk in the Admission’s Office 619-388-2684.

Award Type Units

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

**Plus lower division General Education Requirements and electives as needed to meet the lower division minimum of 60 units.

Directed Clinical Practice (DCP) REQUIREMENT

Students accepted into this program will be required to successfully complete DCP, clinically-based courses held in health care facilities. These facilities may require background checks, including fingerprinting and drug screening, as a condition of placement at the clinic.

Refusal to submit to a background check, or failure to meet clearance criteria established by the health care facility, may prevent placement in DCP courses and thus, it may not be possible to successfully complete the program.

Health care facilities also require adherence to strict standards of conduct. Facilities may refuse educational access to any person who does not adhere to the facility’s standards of safety, health and ethical behavior. This may be cause for removal from the program.


Students who complete the Health Information Technology Associate of Science Degree will be able to:

  • Apply all required health care documentation policies and procedures that ensure the highest quality of healthcare delivery.
  • Utilize the evolving information technology in the completion of health information management processes.
  • Ensure compliance with all payment systems, such as Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, and other sources of reimbursement.
  • Produce data required for healthcare quality improvement, utilization management, risk management and other related activities.
  • Protect the privacy, confidentiality, and security of health information as well as promote legal and ethical standards of practice for health information professionals.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Science Degree in Health Information Technology, students may find employment in health information departments as a release of information specialist, document imaging specialist, entry level coder, health information supervisor, clinical coding specialist, medical data analyst, data quality/ integrity associate, clinical documentation specialist, cancer registry coordinator, or risk/compliance assistant.

Program Learning Outcomes